It’s not even quite fall yet, but already the Salvation Army is moving  full swing with planning for its busiest time of year.

September 2 kicked off the Coats For Kids collection. You can drop off new and gently used coats for children of all sizes at any Indianapolis-are Tuchman Cleaners until October 14. On October 6, The Salvation Army will be joined by WTHR at Lucas Oil Stadium before the Colts game to collect coats. If you or someone you know has a child in need of a winter jacket, tell them to bring the child (child must be present) to the Agriculture/Horticulture building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds between 8AM and 2PM on October 19.

If you hadn’t heard yet, Apple Fest is now Harvest Fest. The event will be October 3 from 10AM until 2PM at Monument Circle. There will still be that delicious apple crisp from MCL being served. The focus this year, however, is on the many hungry Hoosiers The Salvation Army serves in Central Indiana. Check out our food drive participants, and make sure you bring a nonperishable food item to the circle.

Things will grow a little quiet leading up to the official kick off of the Red Kettle Campaign. (We changed the name from Tree of Lights.) Join the Salvation Army on November 13 at our Divisional Headquarters on Meridian Street for the tree lighting and first kettle donation.

Get on down to the Circle on November 15 for our annual Soup on the Circle. Later on in November (the 30th) check out the Circle City Toy Run. It’s the only time of year you’ll see that many bikes in the Salvation Army parking lot.

Speaking of toys…toy season will soon be here. December 15, Wish TV will join us at Lucas Oil Stadium before the Colts game for a toy collection. We’ll also head to Butler University and the Indianapolis Zoo for toy collections in December. (The dates are TBA) Please check our upcoming events page for updates. For information on Toy Shop applications click here.

The Salvation Army will round out the season with Radiothon on December 6 and 7, along with Christmas Eve bike deliveries. Stay tuned for an exciting and busy Red Kettle Season!